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They would be aware of which neighbours to seek out for the conflict, and could rouse the sympathy of female and male neighbours, setting in motion patterns of collective action deriving from their daily lives. This was particularly important from 1830, when the barricade emerged for the first time as a weapon of rebellion (perhaps because of the contemporary appearance of the large horse-drawn omnibus, that often formed the core of this defence structure). In the 1789 Revolution women's energies had turned to raising the alarm, marches, demonstrations and incidental riots; from 1830 they assisted in carefully organized neighbourhood operations as well.

19 On the Place de Greve two anonymous women took the rifles of dead soldiers and fired on the royal troops for over two hours. 20 One National Guard who took part in the attack on the Tuileries Palace on 29 July was discovered to be a midwife called Josephine Mercier. She was known to her detachment of guards as 'Victor' and had told them that she was a medical student. Her efforts secured her the decoration of July 1830 and the offer of a job as a midwife. 21 The case of Josephine Mercier suggests that the presence of women at such scenes might be complex and ambiguous; Mercier not only fought herself but braved the fire to bring aid to the injured.

The final banquet of a series was scheduled to be held in Paris in February 1848, but was banned by the Minister of the Interior as a threat to public order. The parliamentary opposition was prepared to back down in the face of this challenge, but some republicans were not. The growing loss of confidence in Guizot's ministry and the relative strength of the republicans in Paris made them feel more confident, especially as the presence of large numbers of unemployed and discontented workers provided a large potential body of demonstrators.

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